I assume the dealer you were buying from wouldn't take your old car as a trade-in? They'd low ball you on the value but it'd safe the hassle of trying to sell it. Either way it's done already so it doesn't matter, I was just curious. For those surprised at the price he was quoted, automotive paint is pretty much the most hefty part of a bill when repairing a car - each manufacturer uses their own formulas for the different cars and colours (and those also vary slightly from year to year, making it even more fun getting a match). That could have been used to your advantage when lodging a report with the police...since it's just some damage to your car I guess they wouldn't bother taking a paint sample, but if they had they would have been narrow down what kind of car did the damage by a LOT (since it'd be a specific brand and specific models in a very short year range). ----- For the future, I'd recommend having a front and rear dash cam. There are some that will activate even while the car is off when a collision is detected and start recording.